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Hockey player “Ak Bars” Danis Zaripov spoke about the unwillingness to end his career

The Ak Bars striker is going to play at a professional level for at least another year

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Danis Zaripov

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Forward of the Kazan hockey club “Ak Bars” Danis Zaripov does not plan to end his sports career in the near future. The hockey player himself told Match TV.

“At least I want to play for another year,” said the 41-year-old. But you never know, anything is possible. Almost all players at that age wanted to continue, but did not agree on some parameters, anything can happen. I’ll decide in a week or two, I can’t say for sure, much depends not on me. I train, keep myself in shape, but so far without ice.

Zaripov admitted that he is currently not ready to play. “There are health issues that need to be corrected, now it’s too early to go on the ice,” he said. – While in standby mode, there are some nuances, but I really want to continue my career for at least a year. It’s no secret that last season he played little and didn’t get enough of it. The main argument is the departure in the first round of the Gagarin Cup. This is not compatible with the end of a career. Priority is only Ak Bars.

Avangard knocked Ak Bars out of the Gagarin Cup

Photo: Mikhail Japaridze / TASS

Last season, Zaripov played 24 matches for Ak Bars, scored four goals and made seven assists.

In December, Zaripov became the first player in the history of Russian hockey to play 1,300 matches in the national championships. During his career, he scored 433 goals and ranks second in the list of the best snipers of the national championship, behind only Sergey Mozyakin, who has 556 goals.

Zaripov is a three-time world champion in the Russian team (2008, 2009, 2014).

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